The Future of Military Tech

Modern war is the conquest not only of an adversary’s territory but also of that adversary’s ability to observe his own situation, orient himself relative to the scene, decide on a response, and finally to act on that decision. Combined, these four processes form the OODA loop, a term coined by Air Force Col. John Boyd in a landmark 1987 briefing. Increasingly, the human OODA loop on the battlefield is giving way to a mechanical one. That emerging reality will present new opportunities and challenges for a military tasked with maintaining command and control against a wide variety of adversaries, across the globe. This eBook provides a snapshot of what those efforts look like, today and in the near future.

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